October 12, 2012

Five to Thrive: Auburn at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. -- Heading to Ole Miss used to be a reprieve from Southeastern Conference pressure.

Not anymore.

The Tigers are in northern Mississippi with plenty of reasons for concern. Junior Clint Moseley will make his first start Saturday since the Chick-fil-A Bowl while Reese Dismukes' dislocated elbow means a new center will be in the spotlight.

Oh, and Ole Miss is playing at its highest level in years under new coach Hugh Freeze. With rare exception, Auburn has struggled to defend spread attacks during the past few years and the Rebels are built for speed.

Does this have calamity written all over it?

Not exactly. Coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler are planning to accentuate the Tigers' run game, which could be a bonanza against Ole Miss' smallish defensive front. Also, Moseley certainly is capable of competence.

If he can become that guy, a statistically average quarterback capable of making a good play-action fake mean something, Auburn's offense could find itself churning out yardage. If that happens, well, this trip to Oxford could become a needed elixir.

With that in mind, here's this week's Five to Thrive.

Clint Moseley, quarterback

You didn't expect anyone else, did you?

Moseley was efficient last week until taking some major risks during the fourth quarter. He was intercepted twice in the end zone, though he simply was trying to make miracles happen while down two touchdowns.

Loeffler wasn't angry.

Moseley, at his best, can be a huge asset to this offense. Where Kiehl Frazier becomes tentative, Moseley plays with a gunslinger mentality and isn't afraid to challenge defenses beyond 20 yards.

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